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A weekly one-hour progressive radio show featuring lectures & interviews with progressive thinkers.

Every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.


Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media.
Our program is carried by over 125 radio stations and heard by millions of listeners. It is produced by David Barsamian in Boulder, Colorado.
Alternative Radio is sustained by donations and by your purchases of season subscriptions, recordings and transcripts. You can make a donation, including a recurring amount charged to your credit card each month, from our donations page.
Because Alternative Radio is a syndicated program, we don't have the permissions from them to post their audio files or transcripts. If you go to the Alternative Radio website, you can download their interviews and lectures for a very low price, and help support their work.

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The Working Class

Airs at: Tue, 04/23/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Warren Buffett, the much-admired genius investor and one of the world’s richest men said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” And who are the losers? The working class, people who work for an hourly wa... Read more

The Enduring Power of Protest

Airs at: Tue, 04/16/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Are marches and demonstrations just feel good affairs? You vent some spleen then go home satisfied as if you’ve done something worthwhile and before you know it the glow wears off? Or does the power of collective action, solidarity and mass mobilizations have a deeper effec... Read more

The Financialization of Housing

Airs at: Tue, 04/09/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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From Seattle to Toronto, the cost of owning a home is soaring. Rents are no better. Accelerated by neoliberal economic doctrine a paradigm shift in housing has occurred in recent years. There is a growing disconnect between housing as a human right and housing as a financi... Read more

Climate Disruption

Airs at: Tue, 04/02/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ralph Nader points out the term climate change is a vast understatement and does not convey the gravity of what we are facing. He says, climate disruption is more accurate. Study after study, report after report make it clear that human activity is transforming our planet. ... Read more

Surveillance Capitalism

Airs at: Tue, 03/26/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Surveillance Capitalism is a global architecture of behavior modification which poses profound threats to society. It was invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, and has moved almost seamlessly into virtually every economic sector. Vast wealth is accumulated in an om... Read more

Palestine: The Pendulum Is Shifting

Airs at: Tue, 03/19/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  For decades Palestine and Palestinians were associated with terror and terrorism. In political discourse and popular culture Palestinians were often typecast as blood thirsty killers. As the great Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said once ruefully observed, “Palestin... Read more

U.S. and Cuba: Back to the Past

Airs at: Tue, 03/12/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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The island of Cuba has preoccupied Washington officials for decades. Prior to the 1959 Fidel Castro-led Revolution, Cuba was a virtual U.S. colony. It was also a mafia playground. The Revolution changed all of that. Cuba allied itself with the Soviet Union. Goaded by an inf... Read more

Honduras: Coups, Crises, & Caravans

Airs at: Tue, 03/05/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has one of the world's highest murder rates. More than half of its population of about ten million live in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. Since the June 2009 coup overthrowin... Read more

The Inversion of Totalitarianism

Airs at: Tue, 02/26/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Traditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalit... Read more

Alternative Radio on 02/19/19

Airs at: Tue, 02/19/2019 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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